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Condensed Matter Scientists for Pulsed Magnetic Field Facility (Scientist 1 or 2)

Job Title: Scientist 1/2

The job ad title on the Los Alamos job site: IRC119467

Organization Name: MPA-MAGLAB

What You Will Do

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in science and engineering on behalf of national security. The Pulsed Field Facility (PFF), which is the Los Alamos branch of the U.S. National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (National MagLab), is seeking highly motivated R&D Scientists for experimental physical science in ultra-high, pulsed magnet fields. The PFF runs a scientific user program that allows qualified researchers from around the world access to some of the strongest magnets available anywhere, from our standard 65 T short-pulse magnets to the mammoth 100 T multi-shot magnet. Major scientific themes of current interest include quantum matter, strongly correlated electron systems, topological materials, superconductivity, low-dimensional materials, quantum magnetism, actinide science and new systems for quantum information science.

Successful candidates will develop in-depth knowledge in pulsed-field experimental physical science and use that knowledge to help scientific users – from initial contact with researchers formulating new ideas, through design and execution of experiments, to publishing results. Your work will include contributing to overall PFF planning and operations, collaboration development and fund raising through proposal submission and program development. These positions are outstanding opportunities for a relatively junior researcher (LANL Scientist Level 1 or 2, depending on research experience) to establish strong reputations, publish in high-impact journals, develop new experimental capabilities and extend the applicability of high magnetic field research to new classes of materials.

This position will be filled at either the Scientist 1/Scientist level, depending on the skills of the selected candidate. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if the candidate is hired at the higher level.

Scientist 1 $90,000 - $147,100

A candidate at this level will be able to master experiments performed under high magnetic fields and carry them through to completion by publication in impactful scientific journals, while working on scientific projects in collaboration with existing scientific staff and visiting users at the PFF.

Scientist 2 $99,200 - $164,100

In addition to what was outlined at the lower level, at this level a candidate will be expected to have established a fully independent research program in high magnetic fields, as demonstrated by relevant postdoctoral experience and a strong publication record. They will also be expected to demonstrate an ability to seek independent funding for their research within the laboratory and an ability to establish themselves as leaders in high magnetic field research.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Ability and inclination to excel at working or collaborating with vising scientists who are users of the pulsed field facility
  • Record of scientific publication commensurate with experience
  • Ability to become an intellectual leader in high magnetic field science
  • Experience with cryogenic systems and measurements in cryogenic environments
  • Experience developing, testing or using complex measurement systems for physical science, engineering or related field
  • Ability and inclination to contribute to a wide range of basic-research and mission-science programs

Additional Job Requirements for Scientist 2::

In addition to the requirements outlined above, qualification at the higher level requires: The candidate will be expected to have two or more years postdoctoral research experience in pulsed high magnetic fields.

Education/Experience at Scientist 1::

Position requires a Bachelor’s d degree in a STEM field from an accredited college or university and a minimum of 2 years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.

Education/Experience at Scientist 2::

Positions requires a Bachelor’ degree in a STEM field from an accredited college and university and 4 years of related experience, typically with post-doctoral research experience at a university or national lab or equivalent experience directly related to the occupation.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Research experience in a relevant field of condensed matter physics, high magnetic fields or pulsed magnetic fields
  • Experience with a novel measurement techniques with potential high impact for pulsed high magnetic field science
  • Experience with user support at scientific user facilities
  • Experience initiating scientific projects through collaboration development or proposal process
  • Experience mentoring junior personnel

Note to Applicants:

Applicants should submit a CV including a full record of publications and presentations, and a cover letter addressing their suitability for the position and a statement of their high magnetic field research interests.

Where You Will Work

Located in beautiful northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. Our generous benefits package includes:

  • PPO or High Deductible medical insurance with the same large nationwide network
  • Dental and vision insurance
  • Free basic life and disability insurance
  • Paid maternity and parental leave
  • Award-winning 401(k) (6% matching plus 3.5% annually)
  • Learning opportunities and tuition assistance
  • Flexible schedules and time off (PTO and holidays)
  • Onsite gyms and wellness programs
  • Extensive relocation packages (outside a 50 mile radius)

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Last modified on 22 May 2023